A liberal one hour radio talk show was pulled, after about
six weeks on the air, in Silver City, New Mexico.
The show was not purely political. It discussed such topics
as the reintroduction of Gray Wolves into National Forests,
voter registration, holistic medicine, and the economy as
well as the war in Iraq.
The station's owner resisted pulling the show stating that it
is a shame that we can't have someone with an opposing
view. The station runs a lot of conservative programming.
It didn't seem there was any particular topic that spurred the
opponents, but anything that questioned the government's
point of view, or offered criticism of President Bush, "was
enough to light up the phones".
"It wasn't like the show was preaching anarchy" the owner said,
"If you don't like what you hear, push the button. There's a lot
of programming out there".
But when you're a small station, in a small town in mountains,
you might enjoy a captive audience, but ....if the business
depends upon advertising, you must also respect an equally
captive revenue source.
The owner said 20 to 25 advertisers, including banks, auto and
furniture dealers, pizza stores, and ATV dealers, threatened to
pull their spots if the show continued. This represented over
$10,000 a month in ad revenue.
Freedom of speech - works two ways - and money talks.